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Bathhouse Betty's title harks back to Midler's early days as a favorite of the Manhattan gay community. Its eclectic, surprisingly strong choice of material also recalls the triumphs of her first two albums. Here she discovers a sassy new anthem in I'm Beautiful, adds Dave Frishberg's wry I'm Hip for good measure, and also makes room for R&B classics like Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles's I Sold My Heart to the Junkman and Big Maybelle's One Monkey Don't Stop No Show. Singer/songwriters Leonard Cohen (Song of Bernadette) and Ben Folds (Boxing, an imagined monologue by Muhammad Ali) help offset the bathos of My One True Friend, the latest in Midler's series of instant-standard ballads.
An older album/CD is Live at Last.
What the Critics Say:
Bette Midler correctly informs the Live At Last audience that she has been blessed with brains, talent, and gorgeous tits. She omits to mention her beautifully expressive voice, equally at ease belting out In The Mood or breathing Tom Waits's ethereal Shiver Me Timbers, and this 1977 release showcases her aptitude for mixing straightforward songs, comic skits, and vulgar jokes with dizzying speed and effortless timing.
The greatest live recording in rock & roll history was--officially, at least--buried in the vaults of Columbia Records for more than a quarter of a century.
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The New York Times...[T]he music Dylan made with the Hawks remains vital and startling and indelible, charged with the strangeness of the moment and the timelessness of genius. Dylan and the Hawks confronted their listeners with music that was at once deeply grounded and untamed, as trusty as the blues and as reckless as a band of sleepless, cocky, drugged-out renegades could make it.
This group is from South Carolina and they regularly return home to delight the multitudes.
Folks tend to speak of populist folk-popsters Hootie & the Blowfish in surface terms. The first album, Cracked Rear View, they'll tell you, sold 15 million copies. Second disc, tsk, tsk--only a measly couple million--a real failure for this supposed supergroup. And now, for entry three, the pressure's on: Will Hootie reclaim the multi-platinum throne? But the lens is horribly out of focus here. The songs on Musical Chairs--rife with chiming Americana hooks, swimming in the rich, woodsy warble of one of modern rock's most definitive voices, Darius Rucker--are every bit as aesthetically sound, warm, and hometown charming as those that catapulted the band to fame. Who--outside of Atlantic Records bean counters--truly cares how much this one sells?
From the opening feel-good affirmation I Will Wait through the punky pounder Wishing and the Calypso-flavored Las Vegas Nights, to the gospel-jangled familial recollections Home Again and One by One, this is one subtly beautiful effort, the kind that creeps up on you with each listening. The more you play it, in fact, the less you worry about how many of your peers have purchased it already. Put the calculator away. Enjoy great music the way it should be enjoyed--eyes shut and smiling.
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